Workpiece handling at DMG MORI
In modern manufacturing, automating recurring workflows is one of the most common ways to optimize processes. One of the main tasks of such automation solutions is reliable workpiece handling, in other words, the autonomous transport of raw parts from a workpiece storage system to a lathe or machining center. Following machining, the parts must then be removed – usually with a robot or gantry loaders – and stored in the workpiece storage. The process can be individually adapted depending on the application. This means, for example, that downstream processing steps such as deburring, measuring, and labeling can also be integrated into a workpiece handling system.
Increased productivity with flexible workpiece handling
Using a workpiece handling system has far-reaching effects on manufacturing productivity. For one thing, it eliminates the need for the manual handling of the components by personnel at the machine. This means there is additional time for more demanding tasks such as programming and quality control. When equipped with automated workpiece handling, a machine tool can also be put to optimal use – even during unmanned night and weekend shifts. The automated handling of the components also influences machining quality. This is due to inaccuracies caused by manual clamping and unclamping are eliminated in an automated process. As a result, users benefit from consistent production results.
Comprehensive portfolio for individual workpiece handling
As a pioneer of automation in machine tool manufacturing, DMG MORI consistently drives developments in automated workpiece handling. The portfolio contains different gantry loaders and intelligent robot solutions, which means that optimum workpiece handling can be implemented for almost any application.
Gantry loaders such as the GX series from DMG MORI have a compact, space-saving design. They make it possible to handle workpieces highly productively and flexibly, both on one machine and in a chain of several machines. Additional operations - including washing, measuring, and labeling - can be integrated into the system to achieve end-to-end processes. DMG MORI also integrates its gantry loaders into the machine control system, which ensures easy programming and set-up.
The range of DMG MORI robot solutions includes the Robo2Go models, the MATRIS Light, the WH Cell and the modular MATRIS, all of which are intelligent and flexible. They work collaboratively and can be highly customized. This allows users to efficiently automate even complex workpiece handling. The robots can be programmed and set up using the machine control system without any in-depth programming knowledge.
Workpiece handling: A quick summary
What is meant by workpiece handling?
The task of a workpiece handling system within an automation solution is to feed raw parts from workpiece storage directly to a machine and to remove finished parts, all automatically.
Where is automated workpiece handling used?
Automated workpiece handling is particularly effective in series production, as well as working autonomously. Machines can be utilized around the clock without increasing the number of employees.
How does automated workpiece handling work?
A workpiece handling system usually consists of a workpiece storage unit and a robot that loads the workpieces into the machine and removes them again. The workpieces can also be handled using a gantry.
What task do robots perform in workpiece handling?
When equipped with one or more grippers, robots can pick up workpieces, clamp them and remove them. They can also adjust the position of the components with the help of turning stations.